Belle Plaine Council met Wednesday

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September 18, 2019

The Belle Plaine City Council met on September 18, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mary Pech, Mark Tegeler and Mitch Malcolm. Also present City Clerk Jacki McDermott and Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler.

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The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from September 4, 2019, with the correction that “the mayor is to contact Veenstra and Kimm to see if the water study is to be paid for by a grant,” and bills received, second was by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Dave Schechinger of Veensta and Kimm had presented an engineering services contract agreement concerning a water system study at a previous meeting. He and a representative from Northway Well and Pump were present to go into more detail about the proposed water study. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to authorize the Mayor to sign an engineering services contract with Veenstra and Kimm for a water system study. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Morgan Mitchell from Belle Plaine Community Development gave a report about the recent activities. She attended the Downtown Conference in Dubuque on August 28th and 29th, where she learned about volunteerism, building successful boards, visual merchandising and downtown essentials. She did a presentation at Midwest One Bank to discuss the role of BPCDC in our community. She worked today with the city crew to distribute mulch at the Sound Park where the dedication of the Larry Schlue Sound Park will take place on September 21st at 10:00 a.m. She attended a Community Catalyst Workshop on September 17th to learn about that state grant. She and Lance Hinschberger, Parks and Rec Director, spoke to the 7th Grade Success Class about volunteerism. Then that same class came and cleaned out the bio cells downtown on September 9th. She presented at Lions Club on September 4th. She did a business visit with Drahos Shoes to discuss an incentive grant. She did promotion for an open house with Stamp Ag on September 11th. Upcoming events include Restaurant Week for September 20th– September 29th where each restaurant will have its own day and promotion. Also upcoming is teacher in-service on September 26th, Professional Developers of Iowa in Sioux City on September 23rd to 25th and the Belle Plaine Homecoming Parade on October 3rd, the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor meeting on October 9th, the Fall Conference on October 22nd and 23rd in Jefferson, Iowa and also Trunk or Treat in Belle Plaine on October 27th.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to block off parking in front of the Sound Park from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday September 21st and adjusting the parking across the street to keep traffic flowing. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Tegeler to close 12th Street (Main Street) on Sunday October 27, 2019, from 8th Avenue to 9th Avenue from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 for the new improved Trunk or Treat. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to set the hours of residential Trick or Treat for Belle Plaine from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday October 31, 2019. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Kris Hudson, Police Chief, gave the Police Report. He handed out a list of calls for the month and explained that the City has been having computer issues and VGM Forbin has installed a new external hard drive and will be here in October to make a presentation to Council about a technical services contract. He is working with the lawyer to write an ordinance that traffic tickets can be written on City Code. Schlesselman mentioned she has had several complaints about residents throwing grass into the streets.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve Resolution 19-09-02: a resolution approving the Iowa Department of Transportation 2019 Street Report and authorizing the City Clerk to sign the same. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve Resolution 19-09-03: a resolution approving that Reserve Officer Pat McLeod is certified to carry weapons (handgun, shotgun and Taser) while on duty with the Belle Plaine Police Department in accordance with Chapter 80D.7 of the Iowa Code. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the first reading of Ordinance #160: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine Iowa by amending provisions pertaining to floodplain management. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 19-09-04: a Resolution approving the “subdivision” of the Wayne Parizek property at 1611 12th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa, as approved by the Belle Plaine Planning and Zoning Board. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to approve the Belle Plaine Business Incentive Grant for Drahos Shoe Store at 722 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

The Clerk gave the Council the Treasurer’s Report and City Budget Report for their information.

The Committee of the Whole discussed developing a Resolution and sending a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board regarding the Alliant rate increase. Council would oppose their rate increase.

The Mayor gave the Council an update on the Administrator search. There are eleven applicants. Next week, Pat Callahan, who is coordinating the search will send an alphabetized list and give the city a method to rate the candidates and hints on who to interview. The Council will be going into closed session to interview four applicants. The Council will have a special meeting on September 25th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the applications and interview dates and procedures. The Mayor also told the Council he talked to Todd Happel at Anderson Bogert Engineering and Al Dvorak from the Public Works Department about Public Works projects. He reminded that nomination papers for the election are due tomorrow.

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

Claims Approved by the City Council on September 19, 2019
$17,192.40 Alliant (all bills)
$1,175.00 Anderson Bogert (engineering)
$189.38 Belle Plaine Hardware (supplies all depts)
$243.00 BSI (water marking flags)
$48.15 Cory’s Truck& Tire (tire)
$436.00 Countryside Vet Clinic (boarding strays)
$425.00 Cowan Roofing (repair city hall roof)
$23.99 Country Foods (bait for trap & mulch)
$910.00 Cronbaugh Lawn Care and Snow Removal (mowing)
$68.00 Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (gas line at food pantry)
$551.45 Friedman Farm Supply (mower repairs & parts)
$392.25 Grieder Standard (fuel all depts)
$103.40 Group Services (premiums)
$802.27 H&L Repair (fix AC in pickup)
$19.98 Hartig Drug (police supplies)
$234.00 Hometown Marketplace (job ads)
$165.00 Hotsy (salt remover)
$350.70 JETCO (labor on well)
$995.00 Jim Staats (paint 5 flagpoles)
$137.50 J.P. Cooke Co. (pet tags)
$87.96 John Deere Financial (clothing allowance)
$1,177.70 Keystone Labs (sewer testing)
$532.75 Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (legals)
$10,214.88 Kluesner (crack sealing streets)
$590.37 KMDE (solar electricity)
$1,447.50 McClenathan Excavating (storm sewer repair)
$67.34 National Processing Company (credit card fees)
$31.92 Petty Cash (postage, wash police cars)
$143.76 Pitney Bowes (lease postage machine)
$188.59 RC Systems (battery)
$360.57 Radio Communications (service call police radios)
$459.11 Register Media (legals)
$12,138.16 Republic Services (garbage, recycling Aug & sewer plant Sept)
$1,665.00 Scharnweber (electrical repair airport)
$46.35 Storey Kenworthy (office supplies)
$46.48 U.S. Cellular (police cell)
$2,407.68 VCM Forbin (computer back up and repair)
$67.52 Visa (Call-Em-All, chair arms, amoo delivery charge)
$255.05 Wendling Quarries (rock)
$1,340.11 Zip Mart (fuel all depts)

Revenues by Fund
General $8,085.24
Road Use $36,617.00
Special Revenue (exc Road Use) $17,659.05
Capital Projects $25,081.34
Debt Service (proceeds of debt) $3,420.39
Airport Runway 18/36 $0.00
Airport $4,407.00
Water $34,493.74
Sewer Capital Project $0.00
Sewer  $46,314.76
Landfill/Garbage $20,143.68
Storm Water $4,804.00
Yard Waste $2,290.00
Other Proprietary Funds $0.00

Disbursements by Fund
General $117,764.59
Prairie Park $0.00
Partners for Beautification $0.00
Road Use $28,004.50
Donovan Spending $0.00
Equipment $19,531.24
Economic Development $91.00
Housing & Urban Development $531.75
Employee Benefits $23,395.41
Emergency Fund $0.00
Police Forfeiture $0.00
LOST $0.00
TIF $0.00
Medical Bldg $3,204.00
Community Center $1,179.41
Library Improvement $1,457.17
Capital Projects $1,690.40
Debt Service  $0.00
Airport Runway 18/36 -$8.50
Airport $3,225.49
Water $28,241.18
Sewer Project $60.42
Sewer Sinking Fund $0.00
Sewer  $26,327.64
Landfill/Garbage $34,738.99
Storm Water $0.00
Yard Waste $0.00


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